The Mexican
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A clumsy criminal is put in a position where he not only has to save his own skin, but that of his girlfriend in this comedy with strong undercurrents of romance. Jerry Welbach (Brad Pitt) is a low-level Mafia "mechanic" whose ineptitude is countered by frequent (but unpredictable) bursts of dumb luck. Jerry's girlfriend Samantha (Julia Roberts) wants him to get out of the business, and after his latest blunder lands capo Arnold Margolese (Gene Hackman) in jail, so does mid-level crime kingpin Bernie Nayman (Bob Balaban). But Bernie insists that Jerry do one last errand for the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 56%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Promises a road movie of blissful comic romance and delivers a series of dramatic dead ends."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"An interesting mess for older teens and up."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"The Mexican coasts along throwing at us double-agent/double-crossings intrigue, witty one-liners, and some evocative scenery."
‑ Jordan Hiller,
"I left hoping that I never see either of them again in anything."
‑ Judith Egerton, Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
"...all very breezy and bright, and perhaps just a little too facile."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Two word review: El Paso."
‑ Joel Siegel, Good Morning America
"It just sits there, doing nothing that a competent made-for-cable movie with C-list stars couldn't do."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Habla usted mediocre movie?"
‑ Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine)
"Gandolfini is especially good as the hitman with a heart of gold."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"The main problem with the movie has to do with several jolting moments of violence."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
"Intermittently appealing, fundamentally dysfunctional."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"First pairing of Hollywood's beloved stars Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts is a mixed blessing in this mishmash of a movie, in which different genres and styles strenuously compete for our attention."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The Mexican fails because the entire movie changes its tone from one moment to the next."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"The final concern for the audience is not how the film will end (you won't care), but when?"
‑ Tom Grealis, RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
"The Mexican" turns violent in the last half hour, betraying the sense of fun."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
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